NC Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

On your NC fly fishing vacation in the Smoky Mountains you can catch both wild and hatchery supported trout. Our streams, creeks and rivers are stocked with Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Golden Trout. No matter how many fish you catch, you are sure to take home amazing memories of the gorgeous terrain you will see on your NC fly fishing vacation. The beautiful Smoky Mountains are made up of pristine, heart-stopping views, lush valleys, waterfalls, rocky bluffs and more.

NC Fly Fishing River Trail

Searching for America’s Best Fly Fishing Rivers?  If you are looking for fly fishing rivers for your next adventure, you couldn’t do better than the North Carolina Smokies. Wild Western North Carolina is home to some of the best fly fishing rivers in the United States. Native and stocked trout abound in this area, and you won’t believe some of the gorgeous mountain landscapes you’ll see.

There a few fly fishing trails in the United States, and Jackson County, North Carolina has one of them. The NC Fly Fishing Trail features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are a total of 15 stops on this amazing NC fly fishing trail, so you may need to take multiple vacations to fit them all in!

This amazing NC fly fishing trail includes stops on scenic stretches of the Nantahala National Forest, the Tuckaseegee River and on streams and creeks near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

NC Fly Fishing In Cherokee

Don’t miss your opportunity to fish on the thirty miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Fish Cherokee is a premier destination for NC fly fishing. From competitive fly fishing tournaments, tagged fishing tournaments, to simply having an awesome time on some of the best fishing waters in the United States, Cherokee has trout waters to please all levels of expertise.

For your next NC fly fishing vacation include a trip to the Oconaluftee . This clean, clear and well stocked 30-mile river runs through the Qualla Boundary. All 30 miles are public water and a special 2.2 miles of this beautiful river is catch and release reserved entirely for fly fishing. And don’t forget to include a day in Cherokee Trophy Water at Raven Fork. The Parkway Haven portion of Raven Fork is catch and release fly fishing destination famous for its 20 to 30 inch fish.

Fly Fishing Rivers On the Jackson County Fly Fishing Trail

Jackson County is home to some of the best trout waters around, in the Smokies or anywhere. There are so many amazing streams, creeks and fly fishing rivers in Jackson County, they created an official fly fishing trail to help anglers experience them all. Some of the best trout waters in the Smokies are included on this trail! The Tuckasegee River is one of the great fly fishing rivers of our area, and the Jackson County fly fishing trail will point you to the best spots. The Chamber of Commerce for the county will be happy to help you with free maps and lodging advice.

The Oconaluftee: A Gem Among Fly Fishing Rivers

The Cherokee have been fishing the waters of Western North Carolina for thousands of years. Qualla Boundary, the lands owned by The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, offers the general public the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of fishing on the Oconaluftee, one of the most pristine fly fishing rivers you’ll ever encounter, year round.

For a special treat, make sure to visit Raven Fork, also called Cherokee Trophy Water. This is one of the most special fly fishing rivers in Western North Carolina, a catch and release haven where you can fish for trout up to 30 inches in length! Visit FishCherokee.com for info on fly fishing rivers, competitions, events, regulations and permits.

So Many Fly Fishing Rivers and More in Western North Carolina

In addition to the Tuckasegee and Oconaluftee, there are many other great fly fishing rivers in Western North Carolina including the Hiwassee River, Nantahala River, and Little Tennessee River. With so many great fly fishing rivers to choose from, you might as well plan a whole vacation around your favorite pastime.

Smoky Mountain Host can help you plan great vacations 

Smoky Mountain Host wants to help you plan your NC fly fishing vacation on any of the fly fishing rivers mentioned here, and in the towns that surround them. . We’ll help you find a great place to stay, delicious local food , and things to do when you are not on the river.

Smoky Mountain Host is a membership driven, non-profit organization representing the seven far western counties of North Carolina and the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Indian Reservation. We’ll help you plan the best NC fly fishing vacation you’ve ever had. Contact us for a free travel guide. Download our PDF, order online, or call 1-800-432-4678 to request Your North Carolina Smokies Guide.

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